Irving Plaza

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Irving Plaza
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Entrance of venue on December 17, 2018
Full nameIrving Plaza, powered by Klipsch
Former namesFillmore New York at Irving Plaza (2007–2010)
Address17 Irving Pl
New York City, NY 10003-2392
LocationUnion Square, Manhattan
Coordinates40°44′6″N 73°59′18″W / 40.73500°N 73.98833°W / 40.73500; -73.98833Coordinates: 40°44′6″N 73°59′18″W / 40.73500°N 73.98833°W / 40.73500; -73.98833
Public transitNew York City Subway: "4" train"5" train"6" train"6" express train"L" train"N" train"Q" train"R" train"W" train at 14th Street-Union Square
Bus transport NYCT Bus: M1, M2, M3, M14A, M14D, SIM7, SIM33, X27, X28
OwnerPolish Army Veterans Association of America
OperatorLive Nation
OpenedJuly 14, 1978 (1978-07-14)

Irving Plaza (known through sponsorship as Irving Plaza, powered by Klipsch[1] and formerly known as the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza) is a ballroom-style music venue located within the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.

It has been featured on the Complex City Guide list of "50 Best Concert Venues of America" in 2013.[2]

Polish Army veterans[edit]

The building was purchased by the Polish Army Veterans of America District 2 in 1948, and turned into a Polish-American community center. Generals and other distinguished Poles graced its stage including, in 1976, the future Pope John Paul II.[3]

Rock venue[edit]

In 1978, the hall was converted to a rock music venue by future Peppermint Lounge promoters Tom Goodkind and Frank Roccio, who after a year began to share promotional efforts with a "Club 57" crew headed by Jane Friedman and Louis Tropia.[4][5] Goodkind and Roccio brought in acts such as the B-52s, Talking Heads, the Ramones and, with Friedman and Tropia, a wealth of British bands, establishing the venue as a premier American location for punk and new wave.

The venue was reopened by Chuck Terzella in October 1983,[6] with management by Frank Gallagher and the English DJ Andy Dunkley,[7] presenting reggae and other ethnic music, plus college rock, proclaiming in their ads "We don't have video".[8] Terzella's club filed for bankruptcy in December 1985, and closed in June 1986.[9]

Chris Williamson, who already promoted the punk and hard rock oriented "Rock Hotel" nights at the Ritz, then took over in November 1986.[10] He began programming alternative rock occasionally using the designation "Rock Motel". A New Year's Eve Rock Hotel show with The Dictators turned nasty after the band initiated a food fight and a bouncer became upset and began beating up some of the patrons.[11] Plans by the Polish Veterans to convert the building to condos fell through. They had to spend $25,000 on bringing the venue up to firecode before, in April 1987, Chris Williamson re-opened the club, featuring improved sound and lights, with an inaugural multi-night stand of Big Audio Dynamite.[12][13] Williamson continued putting on shows into 1988—including hosting the popular "Milky Way" hip hop nights—but, as Irving Place gentrified, there was increasing local opposition to the hall. A plan by Williamson to present a play in the winter of 1988 fell through and, in December 1988, it was announced that the club would close and be demolished and turned into condos.[13] The last show was The Ramones on December 31, 1988. Dee Dee Ramone praised the venue: "It was funky without being a dump."[13]

Ron Delsener took on management in the early 1990s. Live Nation, a spinoff of Clear Channel Communications, renovated and reopened Irving Plaza under the name "Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza" on April 11, 2007, reviving the name of the former Fillmore East in Manhattan's East Village, which had been open from 1968 to 1971.[14] However, in May 2010 Live Nation conceded that the new name had not caught on and due to "unrelenting demand" the name "Irving Plaza" would be restored as from June 23, 2010. A replica of the original marquee was commissioned.[15]

On February 14, 2015, Paul McCartney played a surprise show announced only that morning on Twitter.[16]

On May 25, 2016, four people were shot at a T.I. concert before T.I. took the stage. One of the victims died later at a hospital.[17]

In 2019, the venue closed for renovations, with completion anticipated in 2020.[18]

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  1. ^ "Audiovox's Klipsch puts name on amphitheater". Long Island Business News. The Dolan Company. October 28, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Kimble, Jillian. "The 50 Best Concert Venues In America". Complex City Guide. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  3. ^ "Polish Cardinal Warmly Greeted; Wojtyla Winds Up His Tour of the U.S. in New York" The New York Times (September 5, 1976)
  4. ^ Rockwell, John. "After Politics, There's Rock, Disco or Pop Clubs to Visit" The New York Times (August 8, 1980) -"Two organizations book concerts into the facility, with two different telephone numbers."
  5. ^ Goodkind, Thomas S. (January 2, 2003). "Survivors of the Downtown Scene, Unite".
  6. ^ Jon, Pareles (October 5, 1983). "Rock: Devoto at Irving Plaze". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 8, 1985). "Human Jukebox". Village Voice. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  8. ^ "Display ad in the East Village Eye c. July 1984" (JPG).
  9. ^ "Irving Plaza Rock Club Closes for Lack of Rent". Arts. The New York Times. June 7, 1986. Retrieved April 3, 2010. I used every resource I had to keep this place open for new music, he said. I'm tired, and I can't fight it anymore.
  10. ^ Poster for Sonic Youth show November 22, 1986
  11. ^ "Stop Breaking Down" The Village Voice (January 13, 1987)
  12. ^ "Bowie, Frampton, Jimmy Cliff, Dave Stewart and Big Audio Dynamite". Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  13. ^ a b c Browne, David (December 25, 1988). "Curtains". City Lights. Daily News.
  14. ^ Sisario, Ben (March 30, 2007). "Arts, Briefly; New Name for Irving Plaza". The New York Times. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  15. ^ Sisario, Ben (May 31, 2010). "Rethinking, Irving Plaza Keeps Its Maiden Name". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  16. ^ Jesse Lawrence (February 15, 2015). "Paul McCartney's V-Day Serenade: Beatles Legend Plays 1,000-Person Star-Studded Show in New York". Daily Beast. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Christopher Mele (May 25, 2016). "One Fatally Shot and Three Wounded at T.I. Concert at Irving Plaza". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "New York's Irving Plaza to Close for Eight-Month Renovation". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2019.

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